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DDD L4/L5 with 25, what to expect/do?!

Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum so I hope someone is able to give me some advice.

About 10 weeks ago I went to the hospital for lower back pain. They did on MRI and found out that I have degenerative disc disease, a prolapsed disc, osteochrondrosis and spondylarthritis in my lumbar spine (L4/L5). However, I was actually free of any symptoms until I was told that I should be in pain. The reason I went in the first place turned out to be totally unrelated to this. Now I'm just wondering what to expect. I'm a 25-year-old female, I've never been overweight and always been active. I'm in my last year at university. I'm saying this because my doctor basically told me. That my life is over. He told me to quit college since I won't be able to ever work an 8 hour shift since I already got this with my age. I was told to never run, bend or practically move again. I kid you not, he said ideally I'd do some core exercises and then stay in bed for the rest of the day. All I have symptom wise so far is the feeling of someone pressing against my lower back. I'm also by no way an expert, but I have my MRI pictures at home and they really don't look that bad to me. I mean yes, you can see some changes but compared to almost all of the things I've seen online this is nothing. Long story short, I was just wondering if anyone had results with conservative treatment to prevent/slow down further damage. I feel like everything he said is a big joke, at least it sounds like one to me! Thanks in advance.


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